Goodness me, is it Friday already? Well, here are two more free games that are worth playing.
First up is Microsoft Flight. For almost 30 years, Microsoft has published the very serious Flight Simulator, but it's not canned that and replaced it with Microsoft Flight. It's designed to be playable on pretty much any PC and by pretty much anyone regardless of their level of interest in simulation. You can just pick it up and play with a simple, almost arcade-style level of control or delve deep and play with a complex flight model and perhaps several hardware accessories like flight sticks and instrument panels.
|It'll be fine. I've totally got this.|
|Looks like someone's about to "fall into a lifeboat" as they say in Italy|
You can play with just the mouse and that kind of works okay, but you're better off with a joystick or a control pad of some kind. I played with my cheap Chinese PS3 knockoff controller and it worked beautifully. It does have a tendency to say stuff like "Press button 8 to lower the landing gear" which leaves me struggling to work out which one on my controller is the right one, but you soon get the hang of it. Do not try playing it on the keyboard - I initially did this and found massive input lag, making it unflyable.
|This is the default aircraft and it's perfectly nice and quite easy to fly|
Do you remember Uplink, the hacking game? Oh, I loved that one. It simulated hacking a a sort of movie-style manner whilst still being technically semi-realistic. I loved the graphical style too. Well here's a free alternative.
Hacknet is, if anything, somewhat more based in reality than Uplink and it's really rather charming. The interface isn't maybe as as slick, but there's a lot more to it. You can have really jolly fun pretending you're hacking through computer systems, Hollywood-stylee. "I'm just bypassing the firewall!" and "I'm re-routing the subnet through a proxy" are fun to shout out whilst you hammer away at the keyboard. Ever notice that in films no one ever hits the spacebar or uses the mouse?
There's really not much more I can say about this one without giving the story away (and there is one) and it's kind of hard to show screenshots of screeds of text and graphs, so I'm just going to leave it there and suggest you get it. It's only 23MB and it's free, so what are you waiting for?